Mr. Douglas R. McVey, 67, of Anderson, Texas, passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the V.A. Hospital in Temple, Texas, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, at Nobles Funeral Chapel in Navasota with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the funeral home with Pastor Dan Schoessow officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Navasota.

Douglas was born April 2, 1942, in Lacrosse, Wis., to Fred Elmo and Ava Arlene (Stroade) McVey. After graduating from the Fishburne Military Academy in Virginia, Douglas enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1962.  He served two tours in Vietnam on a medivac helicopter. Douglas worked a variety of jobs after being discharged from the Army, mainly as a truck driver and owner of his trucking company. On Sept. 20, 1997, Douglas was married to Nadine Roese at Friedens Church UCC in Washington, Texas. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and a member of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Group in Bryan. His favorite hobby was restoring classic cars.

Survivors include his wife, Nadine Roese McVey of Anderson, Texas; daughters, Dana Wagner and husband Darrell of Anderson, Texas, Jana Summers and husband David of La Mesa, Calif., and Jamie Howell and husband Jim of Brownwood, Texas; sons, Randy Roese of Anderson, Texas, Shawn McVey and partner Brian Upp of Phoenix, Ariz., Shane McVey and wife Lisa of Eau Claire, Wis., and Chad McVey and wife Mary Kay of Menomonie, Wis.; sister, Dr. June Goodall and husband Dr. David Goodall of Houston, Texas; uncle, Richard Stroade and wife Marsha of Manhattan, Kan.; “adopted daughters,” Annette Bumgard of Plantersville, Texas, and Simone Smith of Iola, Texas; brothers-in-law, Bubba Roese, John Roese, and Don Roese, all of Washington, Texas; sisters-in-law, Joyce Walkoviak of Houston, Texas, Nancy Swank of Navasota, Texas, and Susie Nolan of Liberty, Texas; grandchildren, Daylen and Drew Wagner, Destiny and Josh Summers, McKenna and Brynn McVey, Samantha Lewis, Conner McVey, Kayley McVey, and Jake and Leslie Howell; great-grandson, Lucas Michael Dallenbach; mothers of his children, Glenda Browning of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sharon Sabatke of Bangs, Texas; and his loving dogs, Two Bits and Tinker.

Mr. McVey was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ava McVey.

Serving as pallbearers are Larry Motley, Isiah Lovings, Conrad Pauling and Al Diaz, all of Bryan, Floyd Bennett of Madisonville, Jackie Jernigan of Keith, and Lavon Thompson of Tunis.       

The family invites you to leave fond memories or kind words at www.noblesfuneral.com.